Safeguarding should be a fundamental consideration of everyday life.
Safeguarding isn’t just for children. Adults can also suffer from abuse. According to the World Health Organization rates of elder abuse are high in institutions such as nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
Abuse and neglect can happen anywhere and take many forms.
There are lots of different kinds of abuse.
Physical Abuse – This is when someone hurts you by hitting you, kicking you or burning you. It may also be when someone holds you down.
Sexual Abuse – This is when someone touches your body and does things to you that you do not like or sexual things that you do not want to do.
Emotional Abuse – This can be when people say bad things to you like teasing or threatening or bullying you to upset you. This can be when people do not listen to you or do not believe what you say.
Financial Abuse – This is when someone takes your money. It is when you do not have a say in how someone spends your money.
Mate Crime – This is when people who you think are your friends take advantage of you. They may get you to pay for everything all of the time.
Abuse of things that belong to you – This is when someone takes your private things without asking you.
Abuse of your rights – They choose the medical care you get such as giving medication against your will.
Neglect – this is when people say they are going to help you but they don’t. The person in control could stop you having a social life, stopping you from having enough food or drink or failing to treat you with dignity or equally
Discrimination – this is when people say bad things to you or treat you unfairly because you are different from them. You may be made to feel different because you are a different colour, have a different religion, look different or speak a different language, made to feel different because you are a disabled person, You may be made to feel different because of your sexuality. Like being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered.
Behavioural signs of abuse in an older person include:
Becoming very quiet
Mood changes such as being aggressive and angry for no reason.
Looking skinny, dirty or genuinely not well in themselves.
Sudden changes in personality such as being helpless, tearful and depressed.
Bruises, untreated injuries and bodily harm.
The same injury happening more than once.
Not wanting to be alone with certain people, not wanting people to leave.
Always insisting there isn’t anything wrong.
Sometimes you can find that their home has dropped in temperature and it isn’t tidy and things keep going missing. Other signs of abuse you may find a dramatic change in finances, such as not being able to pay for the food shopping and regular outings and getting into debt.
If you feel that someone you may know is being abused talk to them, they may not want to talk about it right away but give them reassurance that you are the person they can trust, eventually, you may get the opportunity to find out what is going on and act quickly and stop the abuse.
When it can be very hard when you have concerns that someone you love is being abused. If you have any concerns about anyone that you think may be suffering from neglect or abuse have a private conversation with them. Make sure they understand your concerns. It’s best to explain you won’t tell anyone what’s been said, to gain their trust.
You must act in a professional way and stay calm. Showing that you’re upset and angry may result in the person clamming up or upsetting them more. Understand the person will be apprehensive to the conversation. If you find that the person has been abused or neglected make sure to ask them how they want you to handle the situation. Let them know you are there to help. It’s very important to listen to what they have to say instead of charging into action.
Who to contact if an older person is being abused?
You could pass on your concerns to the person’s GP and social worker. Local authorities have social workers who deal specifically with cases of abuse and neglect. Call the person’s local council and ask for the adult Safeguarding co-ordinator.
You can also speak to the police about the situation. Some forms of abuse are crimes, so the police will be interested. Don’t feel like you are also alone. The NHS has useful information. AgeUK has this great PDF FactSheet. There are specialist organisations such as Action on Elder Abuse offer a free confidential helpline on 0808 808 8141.
An EpiPen is an injection for people with very high and significant allergies (for example Peanuts). Once the EpiPen is injected it opens the airways in the lungs. It also includes a chemical called epinephrine which can narrow blood vessels.
What should you be more aware of when using an EpiPen?
People with heart disease or an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmias).
People with high blood pressure (hypertension).
People having thyroid disorders (hyperthyroidism).
People with diabetes.
People with coronary artery disease.
People with Parkinson’s disease.
How do you use an EpiPen?
I read a Blog about a young boy aged 14 named Nasar Ahmed, who sadly died at school from a severe reaction to his school dinner.
MyTeamSafe wants to help raise awareness to people that don’t know how to correctly use an EpiPen, to help save lives. Here is a short video that can really help you understand how to use an EpiPen correctly.
Here are 4 simple steps how to correctly use an EpiPen.
Check the EXPIRY DATE on your EpiPen.
Always carry TWOEpiPens with you.
Possible side effects after the use of an EpiPen injection.
Nausea and vomiting.
Anxiety and nervousness.
Shaking, usually of the hands (tremor).
Awareness of your heartbeat (palpitations).
Faster than normal heartbeat (tachycardia).
Abnormal heart beats (arrhythmias).
Know your EpiPen.
FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS WEIGHING OVER 25KG
EPIPEN® JR (GREEN)
FOR CHILDREN WEIGHING BETWEEN 7.5-25KG
Your EpiPen® contains life-saving medication and its effectiveness cannot be guaranteed after its expiry date. The expiry date can be found on the side of your EpiPen® and refers to the last day of that month.
If your EpiPen® is out of date, you must replace it immediately.
You can register your EpiPen® at www.epipen.co.uk
By registering with the FREE EpiPen® Expiry Alert Service, you will receive a reminder email or text 4 weeks before expiry, 2 weeks before expiry and 1 day after your EpiPen® expires.
Stay safe. MyTeamSafe®
You can learn even more by visiting the MyTeamSafe website at http://bit.ly/what-is-lone-working – you can try our lone working solution free for 30 days, with text (SMS), email and push notifications.
Sometimes you just need to relax - take a deep breath and then read about 10 relaxation tools that we really like. Many of these tools simply run in your browser, simply keep a tab open to keep the tool running in the background whilst you work.
Does the sound of nature relax you? Ambicular offers amazing sounds making you feel yours in the middle of a tropical forest in the day or night. You can select which awesome sound effects to turn on with your preferred volume level to achieve your personal atmospheric noise.
Love listening to the rain whilst you work? Just hit play and get lost in the beautiful sound of rain. Rainy mood helps you to focus, relax, and sleep. You could also use this on a very hot day to try and fool yourself it is cooler than it is.
Using Silk may help you keep your mind off your stress by creating abstract images. Loose yourself in art and get creative, it's amazing what you can make using Silk check out what others have made in Silk.
You can even download Silk on your mobile device, this could be nice because you are then able to use your fingers more naturally.
RainbowHunt offers awesome and realistic sounds which enable you to tweak individual volume levels - you might want to listen to the rain rebounding of the windows, or just listen to the thunderstorm whilst you work.
In addition to reminding you to stand and walk throughout the day, watchOS 3 has a nifty feature that will prompt you to take a minute to relax, focus and meditate. It's simply called 'Breathe' and is a handy way of making sure you take the much deserved time to pause from work and concentrate on your breathing.
Like to listen to Meditation music? Soothing relaxation helps ease stress by the power of music.
If you know of more high-quality relaxation tools, then let us know in the comments.
In addition to those cool relaxation tools, you can also feel less stressed when you know that your employers are keeping an eye on your safety, especially when working alone (lone working), this is where our tool MyTeamSafe comes in. You can try our lone working solution for 30 days free.
Lone workers are at high risk of accidents no matter how dangerous the job is. Sometimes being a lone worker can become a part of everyday life. Some jobs are more dangerous than others but here are MyTeamSafes top 5 dangerous lone working jobs.
Farmers are one of the most vulnerable workers on the planet and more likely to have an accident. In fact, they could suffer from a very bad accident. Farmers usually work alone and in very wide open spaces and also operate dangerous machinery on a daily basis. According to the Health and Safety Executive, farmers have the second most dangerous job in the UK. A number of fatalities occur, from industrial accidents to angry animals.
Some retail workers work alone, that could be in a small shop or even in a petrol station, these type of jobs could be exceptionally dangerous especially at night time. Thieves will target shops that only have one person behind the till which could put the retail worker in a life-threatening situation. Such as being taken as hostage or even threatened with a weapon to hand over cash from the till.
Working with explosives
Just hearing the word explosives automatically makes you think danger. Working alone with explosive equipment is a very dangerous situation to be in. Accidents do happen but sadly you will not come off lightly with an explosive going off. Working in such dangerous environments should require a lone working solution so that they can act quickly. (MyTeamSafe Panic Button)
Council staff can have their bad days and good days but when it comes to removing a child or visiting a business to shut it down, this can lead to violence and possible threats against the lone worker. Council staff are required to do regular home visits which can also make the worker uncomfortable but also the person they are visiting.
Workers who complete repairs alone
Maintenance workers can work hours alone. That could be fixing machinery, working at heights, using high power tools and working at night. Someone working alone and working freely can be very dangerous. Many accidents can occur such as falling from heights and harming themselves fixing machinery or using high power tools which could also end up being a fatal accident. Working nights could result in slips trips and falls.
Now it’s darker outside, are your staff happy to be in a building on their own?
When it's dark outside it does change how people feel when they are left on their own; opening up, locking up or just working late. Staff might not say anything, but actually the reassurance that someone is looking out for them goes a long way for staff well-being and moral. Even a minor incident, that happens in a dark empty building, can have a lasting impact on the individual and the company.
The MyTeamSafe® app reassures staff and protects the business at a tiny monthly cost, giving you a peace of mind knowing your staff are safe.
MyTeamSafe® is a great way to provide your duty of care to all employees in the workplace, especially your lone workers.
HSE - In general, health and safety laws apply to all businesses, no matter how small. Employers are responsible for health and safety and need to take the right precautions to reduce the risks of workplace dangers and provide a safe working environment.
HSE - Managing health and safety is an integral part of managing your business. You need to do a risk assessment to find out about the risks in your workplace, put sensible measures in place to control them, and make sure they stay controlled.
Accidents do happen. MyTeamSafe® caters for multiple scenarios…
Panic - If you have an accident, or need to raise a panic alarm, you can initiate this at any time.
Check-in - During normal operation, everyone just checks in regularly, indicating that they are safe.
Late - If you have an accident and can't reach your phone, or you are unconscious, MyTeamSafe® will detect that you have not checked in and escalate automatically.
If you don't check in within the right time your supervisor will be notified that you're late. This gives him/her a chance to act quickly and check your last location and then decide what course of action to take.
For example, in a high-risk role, you might be expected to check in every 20 minutes. If you are late, your supervisor will be notified. This gives your supervisor the chance to react, perhaps to call you, or other employees that may be working near you, or to start looking for you at your last known location.
You can assign your lone working strategy to your whole company, a group, or specific staff members.
It takes less than 15 minutes get setup and go live. A simple phone app with quick check-in at user defined intervals or Panic Alarm. Keep control with total flexibility. Suitable for all sizes of business. Central web dashboard allows you to manage & monitor users as well as their locations. MyTeamSafe even has documentations to help you setup your company in a more effective way which can benefit you and your business.
Staff feel significantly safer knowing their health and wellbeing is core consideration at all times. Apart from covering your corporate responsibility, staff are much more productive, with reduced absence if they feel they are valued and looked after. Even a minor incident can have a knock on impact on everyone’s health, trust and confidence in the company. MyTeamSafe ensures staff always feel safer when working independently. If an incident does occur it is managed by someone the person knows, not an impersonal call centre that doesn’t know the situation.
commuting safety tips – Feeling safe at work is one of the most important things when working especially when it comes to commuting to work.
MyTeamSafe wants to help spread awareness to Lone workers commuting to work.
Commuting Safety Tips:
Try to cross at traffic lights or zebra crossings.
Slow and steady wins the race. Accidents are more likely to happen if you rush around, especially when not looking carefully at a crossing.
Night working? – Make sure that you are visible to road users by wearing light colored or fluorescent clothing in the dark.
Be careful when walking between queuing vehicles at lights or in slowing moving traffic, motorbikes and cyclist filter through traffic and may not see you easily.
Watch out for people indicating late or leaving their indicator on. Always make sure you leave plenty of room when crossing in front of a vehicle that’s indicating you never know they may have forgotten to turn it off.
Administrators can create new users into the appropriate groups.
Lone working permission enables this user to start/stop lone working sessions.
On-site list permission enables the user to receive a fire roster, triggered by SMS with the message ‘FIRE <pin>’. The roster arrives immediately afterwards to their primary email.
The primary email and SMS
contact details are used when a lone working session is active and the user has not checked-in on time. Additionally, the secondary contact details are useful for scenarios where the user might have a personal device that they can be contacted via in emergencies.
Creating A Strategy
Strategies enable you to set up custom lone working rules (how often to check-in, whether GPS should be captured) and escalations (who to contact when the user is late checking-in), depending on the risk associated to the roles (jobs) in your company.
Freq. Of user updates – How frequently the lone worker needs to check-in to the app, typically hourly (depends on the risk)
GPS accuracy – The GPS (map) feature can drain the battery, so it’s advised to not set this too frequently, to preserve the lone-workers battery.
Add Button – This will add a button to the MyTeamSafe app on your mobile device.
Panic Button – Once the panic function is ticked this will add a panic button to the MyTeamSafe app. Optionally you can also turn on the ‘shake’ mode, which requires the lone- worker to shake the device three times quickly to activate the panic mode.
An escalation indicates what must be done when the lone worker is late checking-in, you can target messages to the lone worker or supervisor, to their mobile app (push notifications), email, or text (SMS). Each message can be fully customized via templates.
The dashboard will provide an overview of everyone in the company (grouped together within the groups you define).
Staff can indicate whether they are on-site, off-site or absent.
This function is completely independent to the Lone Working facility.
When a lone worker has started a lone working session, the administrators can graphically see how long before they are due to check-in and whether they are late and whether escalations have occurred (push notifications, email, text / SMS)
This eye symbol allows you to view the recent GPS locations for a User for either the current active session or their last session. Included in the report is a table showing what escalations have occurred.
The pencil symbol allows you to edit any User information.
On The MyTeamSafe Lone Working App
Once your account has been set up you will receive an email confirmation with your login credentials.
This is the login screen (we are using iOS for this example, other devices are similar)
Type in your Username (email address) and Password (set up by the Administrator).
Click on the “Remember me?” button to save your details for later (keeps you logged in).
You can choose your on-site status (On-site, Off-site or Absent). The button with a white border confirms your choice.
All the regular Strategies available to you are shown in green. The default Strategy to use will be highlighted with a white border.
The PANIC strategy should be used in cases of an emergency.
Once you have chosen your Strategy it will confirm how often you will need to check-in (respond).
Click the green button twice to start your lone working session.
If you wish to stop a lone working session click the red button twice and enter your PIN.
The time remaining (minutes) before the lone worker needs to check in, is shown at the bottom of the screen.
When a check-in is required, an alarm will sound and you will be asked to confirm you are safe.
The number pad will show and you will be asked to confirm your PIN
Type in the PIN and press the green button. (NOTE: this will say “I’m Okay” for confirmation check in or “Finish” when you finish the session).
You will start another countdown if you have confirmed you are ok or you will go back to the home screen if you have terminated your session.
MyTeamSafe® is a lone-working app. Making sure your lone workers and employees check in regularly, notifying you as a supervisor that they are safe.
MyTeamSafe website – you can try our lone working solution free for 30 days, with text (SMS), email and push notifications.
Bullying can have a massive impact on peoples lives. Bullying can take place anywhere not just schools, adults can be bullied too in the workplace or even socially. Take a stand against bullying and raise awareness.
Work Accidents – In 1986 on April the 26th there was the most expensive accident that happened in history. What caused this very expensive accident? A nuclear reactor at Chernobyl power station exploded causing the deaths of 125 thousand people and over 200 thousand people were evacuated.
In 2002 on November the 13th there was a bad storm. The captain of the huge oil tanker ship feared the worse, the storm was too much to handle. It managed to split the ship completely in half spilling 20 million gallons of oil into the sea.
In 1998 on July 6th was the day the world’s most expensive off-shore oil disaster has ever been recorded. This was caused by a worker who forgot to replace one of the safety valves. This incident caused 167 workers their lives.
Lone Working app – The panic button is used for serious scenarios such as accidents or for when you feel you are in a vulnerable or unsafe situation. This helps your Supervisor to act quickly to these situations.
You can learn even more by visiting the MyTeamSafe website – you can try our lone working solution free for 30 days, with text (SMS), email and push notifications.
Did you know that you must have a forklift license to use a forklift?
The answer to that question is YES. If you get caught using a forklift on any site you could be facing huge fines and up to 1 year in prison. You could be fined to a maximum of £25.000. Neither can be paid for by the company, they must be paid by the fined person (you). The business you work for could then be fined up to $500,00.00.
However, if there was a critical injury, broken arm, leg, substantial loss of blood, loss of consciousness, amputation of arm, leg, hand, foot, loss of sight, burns to a major portion of the body or death on your work site, whether or not you were involved, there is a good chance that the penalties described above will be applied. The inspectors will look at the entire company and level fines for every violation that is found.
MyTeamSafe is all about safety. Especially lone workers, for more details, visit MyTeamSafe website – you can try our lone working solution free for 30 days, with text (SMS), email and push notifications.